Too many errors, not enough hits do T-Birds in

The Hamilton Thunderbirds committed five errors and could muster only four hits off Brantford Red Sox pitchers on their way to an 11-2 loss. Brantford now leads the best-of-seven Intercounty Baseball League series, 2-0.

Graeme Carey gave the Thunderbirds their first lead in the series with a one-out solo homerun in the top of the second inning. However, the lead didn’t last long as the Red Sox replied in the bottom half of the inning. Joe Colameco would get on base by way of a one-out walk and would later steal second base and advance to third on a throwing error by catcher Matt Fortuna. He would then score on Tyler Patzalek’s single. Josh McCurdy would extend the Brantford lead with a two-out, bases loaded single to bring in two runs. Chris Emanuele would follow with an RBI single to give the Red Sox a 4-1 lead.

Brantford added to its lead in the third inning when Colameco singled, stole second base, and scored on Jason Gotwalt’s single.

The Red Sox added two more runs, both unearned, in the fifth as McCurdy reached by way of a two-out walk and stole second base. Emanuele was safe on relief pitcher Doug Chrysler’s error, which advanced McCurdy to third. Emanuele would then steal second base and both runners would score on a wild pitch and an error by Fortuna.

Brantford added an additional three runs in the sixth for an 11-1 lead.

Hamilton would score one more run in the top of the ninth. Carey singled to start the inning. He had three of Hamilton’s four hits. Chris Leenderste doubled to advance Carey to third base. Carey scored on Tyler Windisch’s ground out to third base.

Mike Meyers got the win for Brantford going six innings, allowing one earned run on two hits, walking three and striking out 11. Steve Murray would pitch the seventh inning, striking out one of three batters he faced. John Ogiltree pitched the eighth, hitting two batters and throwing two wild pitches. Jordy Alexander would pitch the final inning allowing one earned run on two hits and striking out two.

For Hamilton, Mike Gottschalk took the loss going three innings, allowing six runs, all earned, on seven hits and three walks. Chrysler would relieve Gottschalk allowing five runs – four were earned – on four hits and walking three batters in two and two-thirds innings. Justin Volpato, Mike Fortuna and Nino Fasulo would pitch the final two and a third innings with Fasulo hitting a batter, walking another and striking out the only Red Sox of the game for the Thunderbirds pitching staff.

The scene shifts back to Hamilton tonight (Wednesday) for game three starting at 7:30 p.m.